CJP to pronounce verdict on CM Punjab election case at 5:45 pm

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) declared on Tuesday that the Supreme Court will announce the verdict in the case of the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab — where Hamza Shahbaz beat Pervez Elahi — at 5:45 pm today (Tuesday).

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During the hearing, the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dost Mazari’s lawyer, Irfan Qadir, and PPP’s lawyer, Farooq H Naek, told the court that they will not take part in the hearing due to the boycott.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial then called upon all parties to assist the bench in reaching a fair and equitable decision in this high-profile case.

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Elahi, who was beaten on 22 July after 10 PML-Q votes were rejected by the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dost Mazari, contested the decision in the SC.

The SC formed a three-member bench to hear the case, but the coalition government resisted and demanded a full court.

However, after hearing the arguments of all parties for nearly eight hours on Monday, the SC decided not to form a full bench, saying that the same bench would hear the matter.

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